Work of the Fellows: Monographs

The Legacy of Parmenides: Eleatic Monism and Later Presocratic Thought

By Patricia Curd (NHC Fellow, 2001–02; 2009–10)

Las Vegas, NV: Parmenides, 2004

From the publisher’s description:

In this book, Patricia Curd argues that Parmenides sought to reform rather than to reject scientific inquiry, and she offers a more coherent account of his influence on later philosophers.The Legacy of Parmenides examines Parmenides' arguments, considering his connection to earlier Greek thought and how his account of what-is could have served as a model for later philosophers. Curd also explores the theories of his successors, including the Pluralists (Anaxagoras and Empedocles), the Atomists (Leucippus and Democritus), the later Eleatics (Zeno and Melissus), and the later Presocratics (Philolaus of Croton and Diogenes of Apollonia). She concludes with a discussion of the importance of Parmenides' work to Plato's Theory of Forms.The Legacy of Parmenides challenges traditional views of early Greek philosophy and provides new insights into the work of Parmenides.

Philosophy / Ancient Greece / Presocratic Philosophy / Ancient Greek Philosophy / Parmenides of Elea /

Curd, Patricia (NHC Fellow, 2001–02; 2009–10). The Legacy of Parmenides: Eleatic Monism and Later Presocratic Thought. Las Vegas, NV: Parmenides, 2004.